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This set reprints three classic volumes on Jeremy Bentham's economic writings. Before these volumes were published a great deal of Jeremy Bentham's economic work was completely unknown. All three volumes contain historical introductions and collections of passages from Bentham's non-economic writings which illustrate his views on economics as a science and the problems of methodology.
First published by George Allen & Unwin in the 1950s.
Volume I 0-415-31867-X This volume covers the period 1787-1795 and contains the The Defence of Usury, the Manual of Political Economy in its authentic form and two financial treaties which reflect Bentham's work to find a way in which government could be carried on without taxation.
Volume II 0-415-31868-8 This volume contains all the writings that are grouped around Bentham's boldest idea - the proposal of a 'circulating currency': a government sponsored currency which would be both a kind of savings certificate and a kind of paper money. The roots of this proposal are illustrated in two pamphlets from 1794-96, along with subsequent pamphlets and discussions which show Bentham's unsucccessful negotiations with the treasury on this matter.
Volume III 0-415-31869-6 This volume takes as its main theme the demand for the legislative control of the banking trade, with the aim of preventing the inflationary reduction of fixed incomes
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